Physaria species

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Scientific Name Physaria argyraea ssp. argyraea (Lesquerella argyraea) USDA PLANTS Symbol
LEAR3
Common Name Silver Bladderpod ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
823388
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard) eFloras.org Reference
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Description Small perennial with upright/reclining stems, usually less than 12 inches tall; stems and leaves with many small hairs giving a silvery appearance; basal leaves oblanceolate less than 2 inches long; stem leaves elliptic to obovate, petiolate 1/4 to 1-3/4 inches long, margins entire or sinuate; yellow flowers with 4 spatulate or obovate petals and 4 oblong to elliptic sepals. Descr. adappted from efloras.org and "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist. Texas Status
Native
Scientific Name Physaria engelmannii (Lesquerella engelmannii) USDA PLANTS Symbol
LEEN
Common Name Engelmann's Bladderpod ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
823248
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard) eFloras.org Reference
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Description Upright perennial with many somewhat hairy stems, growing in clumps to 18 inches tall; elliptical basal leaves to 2-1/2 inches long, often toothed edges; stem leaves linear up to 1-1/2 inches long with smooth edges; numerous yellow flowers densely grouped, 4 petals. Texas Status
Native
Scientific Name Physaria gracilis (Lesquerella gracilis) USDA PLANTS Symbol
LEGR2
Common Name Cloth-of-gold, Spreading Bladderpod ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
823260
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard) Wildflower Center Ref.
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Description Upright to sprawling, somewhat hairy annual to 20 inches tall with several stems, usually branched; leaves 3/8 to 2 inches long, toothed edges; numerous yellow flowers densely grouped, 4 petals. Descr. excerpt from "Wildflowers of Texas" by G. Ajilvsgi. Texas Status
Native
Scientific Name Physaria recurvata (Lesquerella recurvata) USDA PLANTS Symbol
LERE4
Common Name Gaslight Bladderpod ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
23225
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard) SEINet Reference
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Description Habitat: Limestone outcrops and gravelly calcareous prairies in Central Texas.
Plant: Weak, sprawling annual with multiple stems 8 to 20 inches long.
Leaves: Basal leaves 1 to 2 inches long, elliptic to rhombic, may be dentate or pinnatifid; stem leaves 3/4 to 1-3/4-inches long, obovate to elliptic, margins smooth or slightly dentate.
Inflorescence: Small bright yellow star-shaped flowers along and at end of stems, 1/8 to 1/4-inch across; 4 petals and sepals, 6 stamens; wide open in full sun and closing at night.
Fruit: Round seed pods about 1/8-inch in diameter on recurved (bent) pedicels.
Bloom Period: March-May.
References: Descr. adapted from "500 Wild Flowers of San Antonio and Vicinity" by Ellen Schulz Quillin and "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston.
Texas Status
Native

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